Often, someone will come up at a sporting event or other activity and say something along the lines of “I wish I had a camera like yours so I could take photos like you.”

I try to explain that the quality of photography is not determined by the equipment that a photographer uses but by the eye that looks through the viewfinder and composes the photograph.

Yes, I use professional-level digital single-lens-reflex Canon cameras and lenses for most of my photographic work but — when riding on my motorcycle or just tooling around for everyday life — I usually depend on an aging Canon G9 “point and shoot.”

But I left the G9 at home Saturday when I ventured out on the Harley and came across this vista as the clouds from a rainy and cloudy day finally broke.

So I reached into my pocket and pulled out a Droid X wireless “smartphone” and snapped away.

The results are so pleasing that I may leave the G9 home more often.

The Droid recently replaced the Blackberry that has been part of my life for more than a decade. Besides an 8 megapixel camera, it also offers 720p high definition video and I plan to try out that capability over the next few days.

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